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Unstable Q&A with Mark Rosewater
 
The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
 
Word of Command: Un-believable
  • posted a message on How come there's no real way to protect your graveyard?
    Feldon's Cane, Cranial Archive, or Perpetual Timepiece should work. I am certain there are many I missed but then I didn't look for more than 5 minutes.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    During my brief time here I have dutifully avoided every forum except New Card Discussion and sometimes Speculation because, truthfully, I am here only for the spoilers. Also, I ignore MTG/YouTube personalities--I had never even heard of Jeremy or his content channel until I saw one of SaffronOlive's podcast titles mention "bullying in the Magic community" and an open letter from a significant number of professional players taking a stance against bullying. This piqued my curiosity--what could have happened? In order to find out I decided to watch a couple of videos clips and it took me only five minutes to see what/who the problem might be.

    If your words or actions are prompting someone else to leave the game or the community, or if your words or actions stop from someone from joining the game or community, then you are the problem and you need to choose better words and/or actions.

    Clearly, no community is perfect and no individual person is perfect. Every sufficiently large group of people, no matter how disparate the individuals in the group may be, will have its less-desirable members. Once those people identify themselves through their actions or words it is incumbent upon the rest of the community to advise that person to change themselves for the better. If that person chooses not to change then you burn that bridge, cut off contact, and wish them the best of luck.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT (with a few unknown cards)
    Quote from urweak »

    I know that, that's not what my question is asking. Rosewater says there is a rule that ante cards can't enter non-ante games. My question is, where is this rule.


    Check section 407 of the Comprehensive Rules as well as sections 6.5 and 6.6 of the Tournament Rules. All cards which reference "ante" are banned in every official Constructed format, including Commander; Pauper and Frontier aren't "official" at this time (as far as I know) but I presume they are banned there, as well. (now that I think about it, none of the ante cards are legal in Modern, anyway, so by default they aren't legal for Frontier) If you and your friends want to ante cards, the way Magic was originally conceived, then feel free to do so but you need to be prepared for when you pick a card at random from your deck to place into ante and that card winds up being Underground Sea--that is a lot of money to bet on a game of Magic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Animate Library and Novellamental Wizards spoiler
    No, you would only exile the aura.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on To Infinity Elemental and Beyond
    Quote from Solmancer »
    I actually really want to know how they work then. Most of my collegiate math focused on very specific subjects applicable to computer science (propositional logic, counting, and basic calculus for the physics bits).


    Start here for information about the concept of inifinty.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on To Infinity Elemental and Beyond
    Quote from SCDL »

    If you subtract infinity from infinity you get a complete and unresolvable mess unless we strictly define the sorts of infinity we're working with.


    We should probably stick to the simplest form of infinity: if k is a positive integer then let x = infinity so that x - k = x regardless of the value of k. The equates to k = 0 regardless of the actual value of k and we can define all instances of "infinity" to have the same value. Thus, the demon couldn't drain the token by -infinity/-infinity (this process increments by integers) but if the token hits you and you have infinite life then you die since x - x = 0.

    In general, though, it is true that there are several types of infinities and some of them are more infinite than others.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Just Desserts, (Warning, Clown inside)
    Quote from Crypt Rat »

    Jokes aside, Tau is better than Pi.


    A lot of people agree with this assessment.

    Technically, shouldn't the flavor text cite Flaky the Transcendental?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Goblin Haberdasher
    There is always that one person who shows up to a tournament, though, hence the need to clarify. No, I wouldn't call a helmet a hat, either, but some might decide that Ninja is wearing a hood rather than a hat.

    The Masterful Ninja is a special case. The arguments of "hat" versus "no hat" are equally valid but I would conclude that since we cannot see the being involved we will err on the side of caution and say "no hat"--hats can it more difficult to hide yourself. That being said, I did a little LARPing way back in college (early 90s, in the early days of that activity) and my simple homemade outfit consisted of a black cloak (made it myself), a black scarf tied around my face, black gloves, and a black fedora and I *still* managed to sneak up on someone from the front in the daylight.

    This card does open up the possibility of some interesting equipment though. Fahsionable Hat, artifact equipment, cost 1, equip 1, with "If the equipped creature's art portrays it as not wearing a hat, its art now counts as portraying it as it it were wearing a hat".
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on To Infinity Elemental and Beyond
    You would have to have an alternate win condition because dealing damage to your opponent isn't going to work.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Goblin Haberdasher
    We will need clarification as to whether or not "helmets" qualify as "hats". One could argue that they both cover the head but helmets offer physical protection while hats are usually only for fashion. Of course, is the Suspicious Nanny wearing a hat? How about Ninja?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on To Infinity Elemental and Beyond
    Darksteel Myr. Stalemate.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ixalan full spoilers
    When I played dinosaurs (green/red/x) I won; when I didn't, I lost. Even when I set up a Sealed deck so that the only noncreature spells were removal spells (incidentally, I am now in love with Firecannon Blast--don't tell my wife) their creatures were sufficiently larger than mine so I either chump-blocked and lost my field or I died. It is funny, though, that an Ancient Brontodon is scared of a little Skittering Heartstopper.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Samut, the Tested and Enrage
    Samut was already really good. Turn 3 Heart of Kiran, turn 4 planeswalker, crew the vehicle and swing 8 in the air; this presumes your opponent doesn't Abrade, of course. Alternatively, if you have Voltaic Brawler out then +1 Samut, spend the E, and attack with 4/3 double strike trample.

    That being said, you are definitely not wrong--a double enrage can make a lot of difference. She is already in that ally color pair so people are going to try her out. As far as I can tell, dinosaurs.dec will be what werewolves.dec from SOI never was.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [XLN] Overrated/Underrated/Rated
    Underrated: Ranging Raptors. Enrage is trivial to enable and can sometimes be triggered more than once per turn via effects like Rile, Pounce, or Savage Stomp before combat. If you get to put two (or more) basic lands onto the battlefield via this creature it will have more than served its purpose, even if it dies in the process. Once Constructed rolls around, you can ping it as needed, as well.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [XLN] Overrated/Underrated/Rated
    Overrated: Carnage Tyrant. I base this on the fact that neither Plated Crusher nor Scaled Behemoth saw any play outside of Sealed/Limited, except in some home-brew deck which happened to perform well during one or two weekend tournaments. Maybe the addition of both "cannot be countered" and "trample" will make the difference but even after we got Prowling Serpopard no one used the big green creatures. Of course, this might be because Ulamog was still a thing. White will still be the color of choice to deal with it, though, whether by slowing it down, making its attack pointless, killing it, exiling it, or taking away its abilities.

    Don't misunderstand me--it is definitely a powerful creature and if you play it in Sealed or Limited you are going to win (unless you make a really horrible mistake), but its current $22.50 hype train isn't going to last all that long. If I wind up being incorrect...well, then *shrug* I won't worry about it.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
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